Norman Whiteside – Manchester United Legend

Norman Whiteside was a Manchester United legend, he was the youngest player to play for United in a generation, and became the youngest player to score in the FA Cup final. Whiteside was also the youngest player to play at a World Cup finals when he represented Northern Ireland in 1982.

Born in Northern Ireland in 1965, Norman Whiteside signed for Manchester United in August 1981 and made his league debut for the first team in April 1982, two weeks before his 17th birthday, becoming the youngest player to play for the club since Duncan Edwards in 1953.

The following season, 1982-83, Whiteside appeared in the League Cup Final where he became the youngest player to score in a Final, although United actually lost 2-1 against Liverpool. United went onto to beat Brighton 4-0 in the FA Cup final, with Whiteside becoming the youngest ever scorer in an FA Cup final when he scored United’s second goal.

Whiteside was a very strong and powerful attacking player, with good aerial ability and a powerful shot. For a young player he was also very confident, allowing him to try different things on the pitch, which caused him to be a constant threat to opposition defenders.

Although a physical player, he also possessed the skill to turn defenders, the only weakness in his armoury was a slight lack of pace, which eventually led to him taking more of a midfield role rather than an out and out striker.

Whiteside won his second FA Cup with Manchester United in 1985 and he scored the winning goal during extra-time as they beat Everton 1-0. Despite a great start to his football career, Whiteside suffered a recurring knee injury which meant him missing many games, he was eventually sold to Everton in 1989 after making 273 appearances and scoring 66 goals for the Reds.

Despite a promising start at Everton Norman Whiteside was forced to retire from football in 1991 at the age of 26 ทางเข้าเว็บตรงufabet due to his injuries, as his promising career was brought to an abrupt end.

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